//Abhishek Verma files criminal defamation case against Advani

Abhishek Verma files criminal defamation case against Advani

NEW DELHI: Businessman Abhishek Verma has filed a criminal case of defamation and forgery against senior BJP leader L K Advani in a Gurgaon court for naming him as a beneficiary in the Scorpene submarine deal.

In his criminal complaint in the Guragaon district court, Verma said Advani on March 20 had accused him of receiving kick-backs to the tune of Rs 500 to 700 crores as middleman and the allegation amounted to defamation.

Verma also sought to prosecute the leader of opposition for forgery saying the e-mail printouts of his purported communication with chairman and CEO of French company ‘Thales’ and some other persons distributed at his press meet was fabricated, Verma’s advocate said in a press release.

Verma got his statement recorded before the court as the complainant and the matter has been posted for further pre-summoning arguments on April 27, the release said.